[Carl Jung on if what he was doing was “Art.” Oh, incidentally as a child Dr. Jung failed his “Drawing Class.”]
While Jung was writing in Black Book 2, I said to myself “What is this I am doing, it certainly is not science, what is it?”
Then a voice said to me, “That is art.”
This made the strangest sort of impression upon me, because it was not in any sense my impression that what I was writing was art.
Then I came to this, “Perhaps my unconscious is forming a personality that is not 1, but which is insisting on coming through to expression.”
I don’t know why exactly, but I knew to a certainty that the voice that had said my writing was art had come from a woman … Well I said very emphatically to this voice that what I was doing was not art, and I felt a great resistance grow up within me.
No voice came” through, however, and I kept on writing. This time I caught her and said, “No it is not,” and I felt as though an argument would ensue.
He thought that this voice was “the soul in the primitive sense,” which he called the anima (the Latin word for soul).
He stated that “In putting down all this material for analysis, I was in effect writing letters to my anima, that is part of myself with a different viewpoint from my own.
I got remarks of a new character-I was in analysis with a ghost and a woman.”
In retrospect, he recalled that this was the voice of a Dutch patient whom he knew from 1912 to 1918, who had persuaded a psychiatrist colleague that he was a misunderstood artist.
The woman had thought that the unconscious was art, but Jung had maintained that it was nature.
I have previously argued that the woman in question-the only Dutch woman in Jung’s circle at this time-was Maria Moltzer, and that the psychiatrist in question was Jung’s friend and colleague Franz Riklin, who increasingly forsook analysis for painting.
In 1913, he became a student of Augusto Giacometti’s, the uncle of Alberto Giacometti, and an important early abstract painter in his own right. ~The Red Book, Introduction, Page 199.
Note: It is somewhat Ironic that Dr. Jung who painted such brilliant works of Art as found in “The Red Book” failed “Drawing Class” as a child.